Democracy Now media bias rating is Left.

The AllSides Bias Rating™ for Democracy Now is 'left'. Most AllSides readers agreed with this ranking (that's 1, 241 people as of May 2017), while only 569 disagreed. Among the latter group, most marked that they would prefer a ranking of 'center'. The AllSides rating, therefore reflects the opinion of most community members.

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Lead by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now engages independent media outlets, such as Pacifica, NPR and community or college radio stations to engage with those who aren't normally given the microphone. Utilizing independent media and only donations from listeners, readers, and foundaitons, Democracy Now hopes to stand out from the "corporate media consolidation" of the past few decades. This news hour that broadcasts every weekday 8-9pm and covers global news.

The background of both founders indicate the leaning of this organization. Amy Goodman's parents were both politically involved with social movements. One of her first big stories to cover was in 1991, with the East Timor Independence Movement, where the small Southeast Asian country gained international recognition, fighting control by Indonesia. Seven years later, she covered Chevron Corporation's role in a battle with the Nigerian Army over an oil rig. The documentary that came of this event, Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria's Oil Dictatorship, won the 1998 George Polk Award. This history has lead her to Democracy Now, which professor of media studies, Robert McChesney, called, "probably the most significant progressive news institution that has come around in some time."

The other half of Democracy Now's leadership, Juan González, similarly came to the world of media through a life of mostly left-leaning activism. González was born in Puerto Rico, but grew up in East Harlem, New York and attended Colombia College, graduating in the mid-1960s. While in college, González actively opposed the Vietnam War, even leading the college's shut-down in the Spring of 1968. Also during this time, he was a member of the Students for a Democratic Society. More recently, González was the first reporter to write on increasing health effects following the attacks of September 11, 2001 and won a second George Polk Award in 2011 for exposing criminal activity behind Michael Bloomberg's CityTime project. In 2015, González was inducted by the Society of Professional Journalists into the New York City chapter of the New York Journalism Hall of Fame. 

 

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